Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not attend the half -hour speech, but the leader did spend some time with his former U.S. counterpart.
After the speech, Obama met Trudeau for dinner at the Montreal restaurant Liverpool House.
“How do we get young leaders to take action in their communities?” The prime minister tweeted. “Thanks Barack Obama for your visit & insights tonight in my hometown.”
Crowds waited for hours for the two men to emerge.
When they came out, their fans got what they were waiting for. The two men hugged in a long embrace before Obama drove off.
“It’s just a moment in history to be able to see him,” Ashley Werhun said. She was in Washington on the night Obama was elected and decided to come down to Liverpool House to try and see him.
Many Montrealers waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the former U.S. president, including Meihiba Gannon Willis, who was in Grade 2 when Obama was first elected in 2008.
“I remember my Grade 2 teacher pulled out a TV and we watched it,” she said. “It stuck and has always been with me. So why not come out and see him?”
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